We’ve seen many great Washington Capitals players achieve numerous milestones over the years. Even though the ultimate milestone of all was achieved in June, a couple players still have personal feats to accomplish this season. Here are the milestones to watch for, broken down by player.
It seems like every year we are celebrating a new Ovechkin milestone. This upcoming season is no different.
1,200 points: Needs 78
If Alex Ovechkin (607 career goals) scores just one goal, which could occur tonight, he would tie Dino Ciccarelli (608) for 18th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Say Ovechkin scores 50 goals, which he nearly did the previous regular season. That would propel him to 13th place on the all-time list passing Bobby Hull (610), Jarome Iginla (625), Joe Sakic (625), Dave Andreychuk (640), and Brendan Shanahan (656).
Power play goals:
Let’s not forget special teams where Ovechkin is an assassin on the left face-off dot. He’s scored 229 power play goals which is tenth all-time. He needs 15 power play goals to pass Dino Ciccarelli (232), Marcel Dionne (234), Mario Lemieux (236) and Brendan Shanahan (237) for sixth place on the all-time list. He can move up to fourth by passing Phil Esposito (246), and Luc Robitallie (247).
1,000 games played: Needs 18 more games
Brooks Orpik enters his 16th season in the NHL. Making his debut back in 2002-03 as a 22-year old, Orpik was part of the rebuild in Pittsburgh. He helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He came to Washington in the 2014-15 season and his leadership presence helped a young blue line adapt to the NHL level. His 1,000th game will come on November 14th in Winnipeg, if he plays every game after opening day
600 assists: Needs 10
It seems like yesterday Nicklas Backstrom notched his 500th assists. Two seasons later, Backstrom needs just 10 more and should accomplish this milestone early in the season.
40 shutouts: Needs eight
With 32 shutouts in his career, Braden Holtby needs just three to tie Olie Kolzig (35) for the most in franchise history. It took until the Eastern Conference Finals last season for a Holtby shutout as he accomplished the feat in back-to-back games. Now that he has his confidence back, Holtby could see at least three shutouts this regular season. By the way, Kolzig’s name was engraved on the Stanley Cup. He deserves it.
The Capitals have scored a grand total of 10,807 goals and they will need 193 goals to reach 11,000 goals. Light the lamp a lot this season!
Here’s an interesting game to mark on the calendar. On March 19th the Capitals will take on the New Jersey Devils in Newark. That game will be the Devils’ 3,500th regular season game and will be the Capitals’ 3,499th regular season game. The Caps’ 3,500th game occurs the next night at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which may be a big game to watch before the playoffs.
There’s your guide on what to watch for this season. We’ll see you tonight at Capital One Arena.